Science and Sustainability
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." --Evolutionary Theory
Behavior Change for a Sustainable World
The Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Conference program featured a roster of invited speakers in a single-track format. Dr. Lonnie Thompson, one of the world’s most renowned climate scientists, provided the opening address. Like nearly all climate scientists, he is convinced that human activity is the primary cause of global climate change. Dr. Thompson’s message was that the major challenge of climate change is getting people to change their behavior.
Another keynote speaker was Dr. Peter Kareiva, chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Dr. Kareiva raised a stir within and outside of TNC when he argued that environmentalists should shift their focus from the benefits conservation provides wildlife to the benefits it provides people.
Dr. Fred Provenza will describe the work of Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation, and Ecosystem Management (BEHAVE), an international network of scientists and land managers from five continents that integrates behavioral principles and processes with local knowledge to enhance ecological, economic, and social values of rural and urban communities.
Special Interest Groups
Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) is a special interest group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABA:I). BASS is dedicated to discovering behavioral solutions to the problems concerning reducing pollution, promoting sustainable environments, and conserving resources. BASS Website/Blog provides a wealth of information related to initiatives that others are undertaking as well as information about what you can do. The BASS-SIG Facebook page provides readers with frequent discussion on hot issues.
What Others are Doing...and What YOU Can Do too!
Milkwood Permaculture Farming (Sydney, Australia)
Blue Rock Station - Sustainable Farm (Philo, Ohio)
Sustainability at Simmons College (Boston, Massachusetts)